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Connecting with Leaders: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Community Building

The Connecting with Leaders program is an opportunity for students to connect with established leaders who will share their knowledge, wisdom, and sense of community. The event will present four distinguished leader fellows from the Distinguished Careers Institute in a panel discussion, followed by an informal Q&A, and a reception for networking opportunities. Apart from the four highlighted fellows, other select fellows will be in attendance eager to meet graduate students and build connections.

WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) Speaker Series: Kim Prather

Learn from other changemakers in STEM, and build your professional and academic network at WINS. The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) provides you the opportunity to engage with a diverse array of stand-out women in science and engineering, and connect with potential mentors, peers, and other colleagues.

The Spring 2019 WINS will feature Kim Prather, distinguished professor and distinguished chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

Academic Chats: Starting Out Right as a Professor

Start out your new career on the right foot by discussing quick starter tips, suggestions for optimizing academic career success, and communicating with colleagues. 

Guests Speakers:

  • Tom Markland, professor, Chemistry
  • Aditi Sheshadri, assistant professor, Earth Systems Science

About Academic Chats

Could a faculty career be in your future? Attend Academic Chats to explore skills and experience to help you prepare from Stanford faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

Academic Chats: Opportunities for Professors to Work with Organizations Outside Their Academic Institution

Examine opportunities for PhD's and postdocs outside of teaching and research, both still in academia, and also outside academia altogether. 

Guests Speaker:

  • Tom Kenny, professor, Mechnical Engineering

About Academic Chats

Could a faculty career be in your future? Attend Academic Chats to explore skills and experience to help you prepare from Stanford faculty and staff. Lunch provided. 

Academic Chats: Keys to Finding the Right Postdoc

You may have decided you would like to continue with a postdoctoral position as the next step in your career and you know already know what research you want to pursue. This session will help you make the best decisions on selecting a research project and the laboratory in which to carry it out, choosing a postdoc advisor, and survival strategies for selecting the right position. 

Guests Speakers:

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something - a position, a profit motive, a means to an end.

Mayfield Managing Director Navin Chaddha @ the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Navin Chaddha, Managing Director at the venture capital firm Mayfield Fund. Chaddha has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has been ranked ten times by Forbes on the Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors. A former serial entrepreneur,  Chaddha co-founded three companies, including VXtreme, which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media.

Chaddha graduated from Stanford University with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan @ the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Balaji Srinivasan, CTO of Coinbase, a secure platform for buying, selling and storing cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which serves more than 20 million users. Prior to Coinbase, Srinivasan was CEO of Coinbase-acquired Earn.com, a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz as well as Co-Founder and CTO of Counsyl, where he was honored with the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine and named a top Innovator Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review.

Designing the Professional Mini Workshop: Ideate and Prototype Your Career: Application Deadline

In this highly interactive, two-session workshop, you will apply the innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford. This workshop offers you the opportunity to approach these lifelong questions with a structured framework and work out your ideas in conversation with your graduate peers. It is especially useful for students who are just beginning their career exploration or would like structured space to reflect on their interests.

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